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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

This recipe for Greek meatballs is delicious and versatile – it yields a variety of meals from one batch. Serve them as an appetizer or as a main dish, in soups or on a Greek salad. The taste of the… Continue Reading →

Eggplant Non-“Meat”-balls

I have always loved eggplant, but I often found myself throwing the eggplant away after a week or so in the refrigerator. It was just too time consuming to prepare eggplant Parmesan, so I vowed to myself that I would… Continue Reading →

Spices to Fight Cancer – My “Legacy”

Legacy is about life and living. It’s about learning from the past and building for the future. Without a sense of working to create a legacy, adults lose meaning in their life. I am “blessed” with the legacy of a… Continue Reading →

All About Avocados

We hear about the health benefits of avocados – from their vitamin content to their ability to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, their anti-inflammatory properties, their ability to promote eye health, regulate blood sugar levels, prevent birth defects, protect… Continue Reading →

A Better Food Storage Solution

I buy a lot of fruits, herbs, and vegetables each week, but after cleaning and storing them in plastic Ziploc bags in the refrigerator, they never seem to “make it” through the week. My peppers became “wrinkly” and my cilantro… Continue Reading →

Summer Tomato Salad

This is a recipe for tomato salad that was given to me by my husband’s cousin many years ago. It is so light and healthy, that I make it often during the summer. I like to mix “tomatoes on the vine”… Continue Reading →

Brussels Sprouts Sure Have Changed!

One afternoon this past winter after a long day of skiing, my family ended up at a quaint after-ski restaurant in Sunapee, New Hampshire for some much needed re-fueling. Upon studying the appetizer menu and noticing the choice of breaded Brussels… Continue Reading →

The Most Popular Healthy Team Snacks Part 2-Mexican Pinwheels

Mexican Pinwheels are another popular team snack, but be careful to wrap them carefully and store them in a cooler on ice until the players and family members are ready to eat them. Ingredients: (serving size: each wrap makes 6-7… Continue Reading →

Mango and Avocado “Salsa”

This is one of my favorite recipes because it is so versatile and can be served as an appetizer, a full meal (yes, my son and I eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon), or as salsa… Continue Reading →

How to Make Black Tea (with Mint Leaves: Optional)

The process of brewing loose Black Tea is very simple, but the final taste depends on several factors such as the amount and quality of tea used, the quality of the water, and the steeping time.  Of the four main… Continue Reading →

How to Make Oolong Tea (with Mint Leaves: Optional)

In terms of taste and color, I like to think of Oolong Tea as being somewhere in between Green Tea and Black Tea. Many say that when properly brewed, Oolong Tea has a very golden or light orange color. Its… Continue Reading →

How to Make Green Tea (with Mint Leaves: Optional)

Many factors contribute to the taste of Green Tea and no two cups will taste exactly alike. The taste of brewed green tea depends on tea leaf quality, the amount of tea used per cup, water quality, and steeping time…. Continue Reading →

How to Make White Tea (with Mint Leaves: Optional)

Brewing loose White Tea is a simple process and the flavor will vary based on the amount of tea leaves used and the steeping time. It is important  that any tea leaf which comes from the camellia sinensis plant, including… Continue Reading →

How to Make Greek Mountain Tea

There are two different ways to prepare or brew loose leaf teas. The first is to boil the tea leaf with the water, and the second is to boil the water first, wait for it to cool to 180 degrees,… Continue Reading →

How to Make Sage Tea

The process for brewing sage tea is simple. First boil a cup of water without the sage. If boiled, the sage will take on a bitter taste. Let the water cool for one minute. Add a little less than one… Continue Reading →

Greek Mountain Tea

Unlike White, Green, Oolong, and Black Teas, which come from the camellia sinensis plant, Greek Mountain Tea comes from the Sideritis plant which is found primarily in Greece and Macedonian regions. It is called Greek Mountain Tea because it grows… Continue Reading →

Black Tea

Black Tea is fully fermented and fully oxidized. The trend here, as with Oolong Tea, is to continually process the leaf in order to cause more of its flavor and color to be released through oxidation. This means it has… Continue Reading →

Oolong Tea

Of all the teas from the camellia sinesis plant Oolong Tea is perhaps third in line in terms of freshness and nutritional value. However, the opposite is true in terms of taste and flavorful-ness. As more oxidation is applied to… Continue Reading →

Green Tea

Among health and tea enthusiasts–Green Tea seems to be all the rage, and with good reason. With its high content of antioxidant and catechins content, the health benefits of Green Tea are nearly endless. Each of the four types of… Continue Reading →

White Tea

If you drink tea primarily for its health benefits, then White Tea gives you the most bang for your buck. Each of the four types of teas that originate from the camellia sinensis plant are heated at some point after they… Continue Reading →

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